Investing in Community, Preserving in Perpetuity
Most residents of the Hudson Valley know Mohonk Preserve for its towering cliffs, world-class rock climbing, lush carriage trails, dense forests, and scenic vistas. Others may be aware of its role at the forefront of community conservation, engaging with neighbors, stakeholders and community leaders to sustain land conservation and preservation. However, few know of the Preserve’s role as a source of grants funds for local projects connected to the Shawangunk Ridge region.
The Mohonk Preserve Nature and Environment Fund was created by the Preserve to leverage charitable investments and support local projects that enhance the quality of life and foster connections to nature on the Shawangunks. Since its inception in 2007, the fund has made more than $10,000 in grants to local villages and towns for projects that enhance, repair, protect and create access to parks and outdoor spaces. In addition, the Mohonk Preserve fund and expertise has leveraged additional grants and in-kind support from a variety of funding sources.
“Our investment in community projects through Mohonk Preserve Nature and Environment Fund at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley is just one of many ways that Mohonk Preserve lives its purpose to protect and manage more than 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forest, fields, streams, ponds and other unique environments,” said Glenn Hoagland, Executive Director of Mohonk Preserve. “Like the Community Foundations, we are preserving valuable assets – both natural and charitable – in perpetuity to help local communities realize complementary goals for projects that expand access and enhance quality of life for the residents of the Hudson Valley.”